Performance Anxiety in Slovak Students at Adolescent and Young Age



The paper presents outcomes of a study on the levels of performance anxiety in Slovak school and university students in adolescence and early adulthood from a gender perspective and depending on their educational stage. The research sample consisted of 589 respondents, 270 students of secondary schools and 319 students of the Economic University. The data was collected using a standardized questionnaire KSAT [13] and brainstorming method. The following hypotheses were tested: 1) there are statistically significant differences in the level of anxiety between males and females; 2) performance anxiety decreases with age. Our research didn’t confirm the direct impact of sex on stage fright; nor did it prove that performance anxiety decreases with age. A statistically significant difference in the level of stage fright between males and females was found only in the second-year university students (p-value = 0.0001).In our pedagogical practice, we will focus on the development and implementation of special strategies for overcoming stage fright that would fit every person.

General Information

Keywords: stage fright, occurrence and level of performance anxiety, rating of reasons, secondary school students, university students

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Chmelárová Z., Čonková A., Šoltés E. Performance Anxiety in Slovak Students at Adolescent and Young Age. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 70–79. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Zuzana Chmelárová, PhD in Psychology, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia, e-mail:

Andrea Čonková, PhD in Education, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia, e-mail:

Erik Šoltés, Doctor of Economics, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Economic Informatics, University of Economics in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia, e-mail:



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